Category Archives: The Way of Peace

Self-management in the face of depression

I am extremely depressed this morning.  This may be a “monthly.”  I find myself hyper-self-critical; ready to take anything someone may say the wrong way; ready to snap.

I’m dealing with various issues in various places that may help explain it, but as opposed to engaging in excuses or blame, I need to deal with what is.

I was in Dunkin’ Donuts at 9:00 and chose to check the library schedule for this week; to chart out what days I would go to the library and what other days I would go to church.

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Some more prayer exercises

Previous post:  Some prayer exercises

Monday morning, Pastor asked me to pray about some anger management issues among our youth.  Some have been somatizing their anger, e.g. having seizures; others have got in fights at school.  Tuesday morning it came to me that I have already reported a number of techniques to use, in the previous post above.  The new notions that came to me are here below.

It won’t be feasible for me to teach these to the children myself, since Youth Group meets on Sundays after the deadline for me to get back to the shelter.  But some of them may be usable in Children’s Sermons.

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The Real Reason Why You Haven’t Healed Your Trauma/Depression/Heartbreak

At first I expected this author to affirm the “blame-your-past” orientation of “the prevailing psychological wisdom of our time.”  Instead, she sets forth an intriguing vision remarkably similar to my own, with, for me, remarkably intriguing ramifications that I want to consider further.

Her counsel is to accept What Is.

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Podcast — The Way of Peace

I’ve just re-published my book.  Check it out!

The Way of Peace

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Music:  Ringo Starr, “It don’t come easy”

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Contents

THE WAY OF PEACE

1. About this book
2. Meditation
3. Application
4. Serotonin and the individual
5. Serotonin and society
6. Sales pitch
7. Mooring oneself in What Is
Life with OCD
Life with DSPS
8. Heart and soul
9. Put in the clutch
10. Strategies
11. Tactics
12. An examination of the Sermon on the Mount
13. Two (or more) views of the Kingdom
14. Jesus is not coming soon — or ever
15. Jesus’ words about “the Kingdom”
16. Other Jesus sayings
17. About organized religion
18. As to reincarnation
19. Sacrifice
Heaven and hell: Dr. George Ritchie’s near-death experience
About Edgar Cayce
Edgar Cayce’s dream
About Edgar Cayce’s dream
Appendix
Alphabetical list of passage titles
Related blog posts
Glossary

1. About this book

THE WAY OF PEACE

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Matthew 11:28-30: Jesus said,

Come to me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; …
and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

All my life, I have been concerned for people who seemed to me to have a harder lot than they deserved — who were loaded down with heavy burdens.

In time, I came to see that I likewise carried needless heavy burdens.

Life is difficult enough even without them. Jesus speaks here of a way to live without them. Life’s inherent difficulties cannot be avoided. Needless difficulties can be avoided, and one’s life will be far more pleasant as a result. I humbly believe I have come to understand what Jesus meant, and that is what I seek to set forth here. Continue reading 1. About this book

2. Meditation

THE WAY OF PEACE

← 1. About this book Home 3. Application →

Meditation is not the whole of the Way, any more than flour is the whole of cookies. If you want cookies, you must also have butter, sugar, and perhaps eggs, in addition to flour. Flour is essential, however. Likewise as to the Way, meditation is so essential, as to move me to say this: if you have any interest in learning the Way, and do not now have a discipline of meditation, you should start one now — right now — before even reading the rest of this book. Continue reading 2. Meditation